January 30, 2013 RSS feed / Editorial

Inside the Statehouse

Kicking the financial can

The state is now two months into the 2013 fiscal year. This is the year that all financial experts pointed to as the year of reckoning. More...

Dollars & Cents

Concerns about the economy in 2013

What are your major concerns about the economy for 2013? That question or some slight variation of it-has been posed by several readers. A number of interrelated factors create cause for concern. More...

Cornbread & Buttermilk

Waltzing backward through the South

The morning was cold and wet as I set out for a closer look at Kennesaw Mountain, the modest elevation dominating the landscape above Marietta, Ga., a lively municipality beside I-75 running from Atlanta to Chattanooga. More...

No budget, no pay for Congress

There’s an old southern story about the way to get a stubborn mule’s attention is to whack him over the head with a 2x4. It may be harsh, but it works. Maybe no pay for the U.S. More...

An honest poltician

 It was Simon Cameron, who served as secretary of war under President Abraham Lincoln, who made the following sage observation: “An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.” More...

Gone South

The odd way we name storms

I’m sorry, I guess my coastal bias is showing, but what is this naming storms that are not hurricanes? For decades, the only storms that got named came during hurricane season. Now The Weather Channel, on its own, has taken to naming storms. More...

Article

“One man who has a mind and knows it can always beat 10 men who haven’t and don’t.” George Bernard Shaw More...

Greasepit Grammar

You can predecease only in death

“There’s a very long and mostly interesting and well-written obituary in this morning’s paper,” said Suzanne Barnhill, Fairhope’s maven of English grammar and usage. More...

Through The Past

‘Bigbee settlers

Learned men like Albert J. Pickett, Rev. T. H. Ball, John Graham, D.C. More...